Look for pre-assault cues. What notice did the recipient of the initial strike have that they missed?
Watch for things that are consistent across many videos including: poor quality grappling, wild striking, verbal cues, unused escape routes.
Notice how sloppy real fights are. Be careful to avoid saying things to yourself like “I’d just do X.” X often doesn’t work unless you have practiced it against a resisting & free-thinking partner.
Watch the video, then think when or if you would have attempted to access a weapon. Many times the “proper” weapon access time comes and goes in a matter of seconds. You must do it in a way that the draw is not capable of being fouled, but wait long enough that the action is warranted. Accessing the weapon too early or too late can have equally dire consequences. We think after an honest assessment you’ll find that sometimes you may be asked to handle problems without weapons.
0:16 – Grooming Moves (Pants pulling)
0:23 – Hands up in fighting posture
0:24 – Weight shift in effect for a hard punch
The guy in dark pants is constantly going for the leg grab and gets it twice resulting in a body slam on the other guy. This could be disastrous on pavement. This time it didn’t amount to much…street fights can be random.
Also, there is a period of time (0:35) where the guy on the bottom is holding a headlock for dear life, but the other guy has his back. This is common as people know headlocks from their childhood and feel like they have something of value. Unfortunately for the headlocker, anyone with a little grappling background knows that even with the head pinned, the rest of the body can be gaining position. Their bicep will give out eventually and you’ll have the dominant position, in this case control of the opponent’s back. Position is the key in a fight. If you can get a dominant position you nullify any dirty tactics, and give yourself options (run away, submission, weapon access, strikes, etc).